Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation DCVAI

5 days


The DCVAI – Implementing Cisco Data Center Virtualization and Automation course is designed to help students prepare for the Cisco CCNP Data Center certification and for professional-level data center roles. The focus of this skills-building course is on the implementation and deployment automation of Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI) and Cisco Nexus switches. The course provides rich hands-on experience in building a data center solution based on Cisco ACI. Learners are introduced to the automation capabilities offered by Python and RESTful APIs in combination with Cisco ACI and Cisco Nexus switches.

You'll master the professional-level skills and technologies needed to implement Cisco Application Centric Infrastructure (ACI), virtualization, and automation of data center operations.

Digital courseware : Cisco now provide students with electronic courseware for this course. Students who have a confirmed booking will be sent an email prior to the course start date, with a link to create an account via before they attend their first day of class. Please note that any electronic courseware or labs will not be available (visible) until the first day of the class.


  • Network Designer
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Systems Engineer
  • Consulting Systems Engineer
  • Technical Solutions Architect
  • Cisco Integrators/Partners

Skills Gained

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe two primary features to logically separate a physical switch.
  • Describe the Nexus 1000 virtual switch.
  • Describe programmability options on Cisco NX-OS.
  • Describe CLI features that simplify configuration management.
  • Use different scripting tools available with Cisco NX-OS.
  • Introduce the high-level concepts and describe the different fabric discovery parameters for Cisco ACI.
  • Create tenant-based policies for bare metal hosts.
  • Describe the integration of VM Manager Domains with Cisco ACI.
  • Describe how Cisco ACI supports multitier applications.
  • List Cisco ACI monitoring capabilities.
  • Describe Cisco ACI programmability and orchestration.
  • Describe vPC-based aggregation and availability.
  • Describe Cisco AVS, distributed firewall, and micro-segmentation.
  • Describe packet flows within the Cisco ACI.
  • Describe integrating Cisco ACI with external Layer 3 networks.
  • Outline the integration options with external Layer 2 networks.
  • Describe how L4–L7 services are inserted into the Cisco ACI fabric and how traffic is subsequently redirected.


  • Good understanding of the VMware environment
  • Knowledge of data center networking concepts
  • Knowledge of data center storage concepts
  • Knowledge of data center virtualization

It is recommended that a student should have attended the following classes or obtained an equivalent level of knowledge before attending this course:

  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN)
  • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT)

The supply of this course by DDLS is governed by the booking terms and conditions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully before enrolling in this course, as enrolment in the course is conditional on acceptance of these terms and conditions.

Course Outline

  • Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation
  • NX-OS Configuration Automation
  • Application-Centric Infrastructure
  • Cisco ACI Building Blocks and Application Policies
  • Cisco ACI Manageability and Programmability
  • Cisco ACI Enhanced Features
  • Cisco ACI Networking

Module 1: Infrastructure Virtualization Implementation

  • Configuring Virtual Switching Technologies

Module 2: Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation

  • Implementing Configuration Programmability
  • Implementing Configuration Profiles
  • Using Scripting Tools

Module 3: Application-Centric Infrastructure Overvie

  • Introducing Cisco ACI

Module 4: Cisco ACI Building Blocks and Application Policies

  • Building Tenant-Based Policies with Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Describing VMM Domain Integration
  • Multitier Applications in Cisco ACI

Module 5: Cisco ACI Manageability and Programmability

  • Monitoring and Managing Cisco ACI
  • Describing Cisco ACI Programmability and Orchestration

Module 6: Cisco ACI Enhanced Features

  • Describing vPC
  • Deploying Cisco AVS

Module 7: Cisco ACI Networking

  • Describing Packet Flow Internal to the ACI Fabric
  • Describing External Layer 3 Network Integration
  • Describing External Layer 2 Network Integration
  • Configuring Service Insertion and Redirection


  • Lab 1: Implement Cisco NX-OS Configuration Automation
  • Lab 2: Discover and Initialize the ACI Fabric
  • Lab 3: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for Bare-Metal Hosts
  • Lab 4: Implement Cisco ACI Fabric Connectivity for VMs
  • Lab 5: Implement Application Policies
  • Lab 6: Implement Inter-Tenant Connectivity
  • Lab 7: Program Cisco APIC Using Python and Arya
  • Lab 8: Implement vPC to Hypervisors
  • Lab 9: Deploy Cisco AVS and Microsegmentation
  • Lab 10: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 3 Networks
  • Lab 11: Enable Connectivity to External Layer 2 Networks
  • Lab 12: Provision Layer 2 Extension Using Cisco UCS Director
  • Lab 13: Deploy Service Graph ASA NGFW

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Berkshire Wokingham5 3750 £3750 2019-12-16
London London5 3750 £3750 2020-03-23